The 1917 Italian post offices in China cover sold for US$65,000 at Spink

November 20th, 2016 is glad to introduce to our readers’ attention the latest auction Spink auction results. This piece of info concerns a 1917 Italian post offices in China cover that starred in Spink’s November 10 Collector’s Series sale with a final bid of US$65,230.

It displays a Peking 1917 40c on 1l. brown and green hand surcharge and a 5c second issue with “Pechino”( Pechino was the Italian name for Peking) overprint. The Italian government operated two post offices in China between 1917 and 1922. They were mainly used by Italian expats away on business.

The auction house describes the lot as “the only cover recorded bearing this extremely rare value… One of the greatest gems of the Italian P.O.’s in China.”

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